Felixstowe sees record freight volumes

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The Port of Felixstowe has broken its own record for the number of containers handled by its two rail terminals.

Freight volumes reached an all-time high in the week ending 9 September 2006, when 8,473 units passed through the port, breaking the previous record of 7,983, set in October 2005.

The Port is currently holding discussions with four leading train operators to secure an additional daily service to cope with the increased demand.

Chris Lewis, chief executive officer of Hutchison Ports (UK), which owns the Port of Felixstowe, said: “We are dedicated to transporting as many containers as possible by rail, thus easing pressure on the country’s road network.

“However, these record volumes, and the ever-increasing demand for rail, highlight the need to improve freight capacity on the railway network to enable us to sustain growth and maintain customer satisfaction”.

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